The next time you get a headache, don't reach for the pills first thing! You can make that headache go away with the natural healing power of peppermint and lavender oils. This headache-banishing balm is made from all-natural ingredients like beeswax, grapeseed oil, and essential oils so you can feel good about using it to cure a headache whenever you need to.
Peppermint essential oil is amazing for pain relief. It has a cooling effect that you can feel instantly when applied to the temples. This cooling sensation can help soothe a headache in a matter of minutes.
Lavender is also great for soothing headaches. Its scent is very calming and can help calm any stresses that may be contributing to the headache. Lavender oil is so helpful for headaches that in a study, 74% of participants who inhaled lavender oil when they felt the start of a migraine noticed a significant improvement in their symptoms.
This headache balm contains both peppermint and lavender to help soothe your headache pain and help you feel calm and well again. Keep a container of the balm in your purse, your desk, or your gym bag so you can have relief whenever you need it! You could even pour it into an empty lip balm tube to make it super easy to apply.
The really handy thing about this balm is that, after applying it, you dont have to keep reapplying it to soothe the pain. You can rub your temples throughout the day and the rubbing will reactivate the cooling sensation and the calming scent.
The beeswax in this recipe gives the balm a solid yet easily spreadable texture. It also ensures that you dont have a greasy-looking forehead after putting it on like you would if you just used the plain oils! Its perfect for rubbing onto your temples whenever you feel a headache coming on. To get the perfect consistency, it's best to weigh your ingredients. This way, you make sure that you have the 2:1 ratio of carrier oil to beeswax so your balm wont be too stiff or too soft. You can easily do this using a small kitchen scale.
Whip up a jar or two of this balm so you have all-natural relief at the ready!
1oz of carrier oil (almond, grapeseed, avocado, or fractionated coconut oil are all good options)
6 drops of lavender essential oil
20 drops of peppermint essential oil
In a double-boiler, or a heat-safe bowl placed on top of a pot of boiling water, heat together the beeswax and carrier oil until fully melted. Remove from the heat and whisk in the essential oils.
Quickly pour into a clean container. You can use anything that will hold about 2 tablespoons of liquid; a recycled baby food jar or a couple lip balm tubes work well. Let it cool until completely solidified.
To use, rub your finger on the balm then massage onto your temples. If you used a lip balm tube, you can apply the balm directly. You'll feel a cooling sensation that will help soothe your headache pain. Rub temples as needed to reactivate the balm.
What's your go-to essential oil or natural headache remedy? Share it with me in the comments below!